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Carlton Jackson – History/Dub History (1977)

June 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Working my way through a Lee “Scratch”Perry boxset, I stumbled upon this fantastic slice of roots reggae from 1977. Carlton Jackson was not a prolific singer but, in just over 8 minutes, he earns his spot in the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

My Rough Guide To Reggae waxes lyrical about this song thus:

 

Just as notable an Upsetter release from 1977 was one of the first 12″ singles to appear in Jamaica. The top side, Carlton Jackson’s “History”, perfectly fused one of Scratch’s most serious rhythms with a lyric that exemplified the word “conscious”. Beginning with an account of how he was sold as a slave in Africa to a European and taken in chains to the Caribbean. the singer tackles the different versions of history to which he has been exposed.

 

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Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrant (1982)

June 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Another song that just leapt out of the iPod as I took my daily “constitutional” this morning; this time around the nature reserve in Godmanchester.

Not, as some might anticipate, some carefully chosen social critique shedding some welcome light on the interminable Brexit debate currently limping to its much awaited conclusion next week. Instead, a classic slice of roots reggae originally released in 1982 and then re-released on the stupendous “Live It To Know It” compilation on the still essential Pressure Sounds record label.

Jimmy Riley died in March at the age of 62 – with this record, he leaves the world in a much better place than he found. If only it were longer!

Linval Thompson – Jah Jah Dreader Than Dread (Extended Mix) (1978)

December 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Working my way through a pile of Trojan Records Box Sets over the last few days, I stumbled upon this stone cold classic. Effectively the original and dub versions spliced together.

Six minutes of relentless roots reggae with unbelievable bass and guitar. Linval’s vocals just soar and perfection is attained. Impossible to play too loud unless your house has dodgy foundations.

I have the complete collection of Blood & Fire and Pressure Sounds CDs and there is not really a bad one among the 150+ releases ….. The 71 (I have 66!) Trojan Box Sets are a little less consistent but remain an absolute treasure trove of reggae gold and I’ve already posted a couple of tracks (both by Ronnie Davis) from other releases here and here.

Turn up loud.

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